Best Brand of Drums

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Pearl
From the forum series beginner set to the pearl masters and reference high end sets, pearl delivers great sound quality, shell and hardare quality and they're not so expensive, I've tried out all of the pearl sets and each of them sounds amazing. (best one is the masters and the free floating snare drum )
Tama is good but I use pearl and I like it and I think dwdrums are better than Tamma not pearl though
I really love pearl.. Trusted for uncountable years of service )
We've been using it for our mini concerts and its very-good music makes our performance 'the best'.
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Love the mode and its lastibility
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2DW Drums
All the other companies make great gear. However, the attention to detail that goes into EVERY DW Drum kit, is what makes the difference. John Good, has come up with some amazing ways to get drums to sound the way everyone wants them to. They are VERY pricey (my new 7 piece, drums only, comes to $5,000 - and I got a screaming deal). But I believe the quality is untouched. I have owned 1 Yamaha kit, 2 Pacific Kits (PDP), and a Taye kit. I am super stoked about my newest adventure.

Like I said, the other companies in this list make great gear too, just not as "perfect" as DW in my opinion. I spent MONTHS looking for a new kit. DW, came out on top, but a close second were Mapex and Tama. 3rd was the Yamaha PHX, 4th was Gretsch. Pearl and Yamaha kits were further down the line. Pearl has always seemed "mass produced" to me, and so does a huge portion of the Yamaha line. While I know people will tout about the Pearl Master Series. I had a friend who owned a set. And while he had them tuned well, there was still a feeling a "mass production" to me. They were nice drums, very nice by today's standards. I just didn't feel that the quality surpassed other kits. When you hold a DW drum, and then hold another drum, I think you can feel the difference in the drum quality.
I have played every major manufacturers drums over the past 29 years. DW is the most innovative company in the industry today, and has been since the late 90's. Their kits have the best sound and are the easiest to tune of any brand I have tried. Specific endorsees usually are not a good measure of a company as with the top drummers it is a business decision not a personal choice. I am not an endorsee, just a real experienced professional drummer that chooses to buy DW because they are a vastly superior product.
John Good is a mad genius! DW drums are the most innovative and best sounding drums that this world has ever known in the history of music. The work that is put into making these wonderful instruments is so in depth and so precise. I love a good pearl kit, but I feel like they are more of an "assembly line" or massed produced product. You can watch any videos of any other brands and it doesn't seem like half of the work is performed on any other brand than DW. DW drums are definitely built with love and are matched by no other.
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DW's are awesome but there still second best to Tama, can't change that laugh out loud
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3Tama
TAMA IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN
Lars Ulrich's favorite drums
I mean is there is anything else to say
I don't think so
I have played early pearl kits made in Japan the quality was unmatchable then but over period of time Tama and ibanez guitars set the standards to near perfection. I played drums for pretty long time premiere was another good make in 70s. I started as drummer and ended up playing lead guitar now one again I have started playing drums and bought this Tama silverstar series drum kit, Tama has given a whole new dimension to drum sound construction build quality and sound is unmatched like ibanez has destroyed Gibson and fender in 40 years purely on merit sound build and to top it all the price is so good. That was yesterday its gone Tama has risen from nowhere to stand right on top cause of innovations they do, they keep surprising you with their quality and competitive price. In my 43 years I have played almost all brands of guitars starting from fender mustang 1960s model but ended up with ibanez jem series. Recently I had the choice of buying mapex pearl Ludwig Tama PDP by DW drums but silverstar by Tama rose up and got the prize. Playing drums after so many years I found that Tama has taken top slot just because the sound it has is so versatile and catchy it makes you wonder how can Tama drums be so good the lugs hoops wood hardware ease of playing is just spectacular. I tuned my silverstar kit and it started to sing every sha la la every wow wow. If you have to buy drums just get Tama and you are Happy forever for making the right choice.. Tama rocks and ibanez rules!
TAMA king of Drums World... I got a separate place in Drummers world by my TAMA. Its Simply DRUMS=TAMA, Nothing more can get near to TAMA. ITS the Best among the Best..
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I as a kid who is 13 years old the DW drum compare to TAMA, TAMA is the best drum
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4Mapex
Amazing drum kits! They've got probably the best Snare Drums out of all the drum brands, in my opinion, and nearly the best toms too. Although their cymbals suck but that's what Sabian is for. MAPEX

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Great sounding kits all round, even for a beginner or even a professional! There drums sound really good but again like some others will say, their Cymbals need a bit of work, but hey, that's why there's Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals there! If you can find a good deal on a Mapex kit, go for it! There probably also one of few drum kits that you get a lot of value in for what you pay for
It is a amazing drum brand. I've tried many other drums and to me I think mapex is the best. My current drum set is the Mapex Meridian Maple series. The mapex drums provides great sounds no matter wood you prefer.
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I bet Mapex is rilly good
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5Yamaha
Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.
In my opinion yamaha should be number one the toms have a nice tone and the bass is just incredible and another good thing is the tom sizes are amller which can help accommodate smaller drummers. Plus most churches and music festivals use yamaha drums. Even my grandmas church bright hope baptist in philly has a yamaha gig maker which wows me with the sound to be a beggining kit
I'm using Yamaha ( power recording custom and hip-gig ) for about years and I won't change brand ever.
Useless to say which brand is the best, it's all about the sound you are looking for and to the style of music you play.
I think the top model of any brand is good.
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The Yamaha Stage Custom set is truly a bargain that comes with stunning hardware and 100 percent birch shells can't wait to get it in a few years for our new church
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6PDP
The rev from avenged sevenfold use this brand too.! Its very brilliant set up..!
I think that pdp should be number 1 in the list. I have 1 pdp set at home and
Hve a wonderful sound
Great drums sound clear and just as good snares and toms as DW or any other brands. They sound clear and good and I have a PDP rack and it is more customizable that any I have used before.
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7Ludwig
Don't forget Ringo from the Beatles. The set is awesome! I've used a Ludwig for the past 3-4 years. It's still standing. It still sounds great and I honestly love it! Pearl, DW, and Yamaha are good, but nothing beats Ludwig!

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Ludwig has been the standard to which all others have been compared to beyond the years of so many percussionists currently playing. Popularity is determined by high-profile performers which in turn tend to drive polls like these. Ludwig suffered when they also offered for sale their second tier of quality sets. However in my opinion, the best built with the best tonal delivery is still that of the Ludwig top line.
Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Steve Vai. Enough said.
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Ludwig has always been the "Cadillac" of drums because of sound, quality and appearance.
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8Gretsch
I have many kits over the years from pearl, to yamaha to tama to ludwig and many others, but none have compared to the sound that Gretsch produces. Their kits are cheap and the sound is just as good on a cheap Gretsch kit than on a expensive pearl kit. The shells are some of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to, and their tone is pitch perfect. I've talk to many drummers over the years and most agree that Gretsch is either the best or second best make ever. Gretsch kits can accustom any type of music from Jazz to heavy rock.If you're a beginner I would recommend a Gretsch kit, their sound quality and feel would welcome a beginner easily. Their German engineering rings true when you hear the mighty beats of a Gretsch kit.
While not the least expensive, Gretsch Renown's can go up against any kit in the marketplace. When I purchased my kit, there was a DW kit for twice the price next to it on the floor. I was amazed that the Gretsch kits tone seemed to be superior to the the DW. I tune my drums low and w/ Aquarian Performance 10 heads, I receive many compliments from sound engineers commenting on the quality of sound they produce. Just for jazz, I don't think so. These drums sounds like absolute thunder when properly tuned. Best of all, the American name is a true survivor. Gretch... Their slogan says it all... "That Great Gretsch Sound. "
Strong, rich, and punchy. Foremost, CLEAR!
The sound is great, and seems to be applicable to almost all genres of music(in my opinion).

The best sounding drums I've heard.
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9Sonor Drums
Sonor is best for jazz music or even other music. It has good tone quality. The shells and the drums itself is excellent when it comes to durability and it is the drummer's drum.

It isn't so expensive yet its not cheap but it's price is affordable and the quality is so brilliant. Maybe other brands like pearl, yamaha, tama and other are far more bigger manufacturer of drumset but Sonor is far more better that those drumsets.
acdc plays with sonor, sound is perfect I love it. this is an excellent brand and its quality is very high which is reflected on its sound

Sonor's are good, but not the cheap ones. If you want a good Sonor, you'll need some money
Other band's that use Sonor are Motorhead, Rammstein,30 Seconds to Mars, Tool, Meshuggah and Ozzy Osbourne
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I own a sonor s classix birch kit 8 10 12 14 16 22. Put an emad on the bass drum and forget about it and I'm a remo fan. The toms can go from high to low but prefer to be higher. I have got them tuned nice and low and they resonate like a maple kit. I also own a dw collectors maple kit 10 12 14 20 ssc and they are very close to the dws in tone. They are beautifully made the tom mounts are great the lugs are classy. Check em out on you tube sonor s classix mike evangelista. I also have a sonor bop kit 12 14 18kick n 14 snare although the quality is a little lacking this kit sounds fn amazing. Very round and resonant and easy to bring to a gig. And it cuts through. Very multi purpose. I love my sonor kits you won't regret it if you buy them. There is a video of the bop kit called winging it while swinging it you can hear them and they were all recorded with just a handy h2 zoom recorder. Shed on fellow drummers
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10ddrum
Keep a close eye on this company(Ddrum) They are building superior products in just a short amount of time. I've played DW, Pearl, Tama, Ludwig, and none of these sets holds a candle to my custom maple Dominion Dominator set-up. Stix143
Why do you think many drummers are moving to ddrum? Great quality
I was a pearl player but switched to this brand... Great tone
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Up and coming with a commitment to creating classy drums. Started without knowing what they truly wanted. Now moving in the right direction.
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The Contenders

11Zildijian
For me the symbols are off the hook, they ring like crazy! If you want to make some serious music buy zildijian symbols as for the rest of the drum am not so sure, cause I have'nt got the chance to try it yet. But seriously music calls for zildijian, sambian and tama now that is a drum for sure play hard my brothers!
The best cymbalas on the planet!
This is maroon 5 drum
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12Premier
I have a 1998 Premier Cabria and its just awesome, it has a great unique sound with the right drumheads on it of course, they used to make them in that time in England with extra thin eucaliptus-merranti shells and as you may know all Pro series drum kits from all brands are made with thin shells to give out the Pro sound apart from the type of wood, the cheap ones have much more thick shells, so basically I had the fortune to purchase one of these cabrias of that time because they don't make them anymore in England and the shells, wood and construction are totally different now and are called the XPK series, so if you have one of these you have a gem of a drum my friend jejeje.
"Best underrated drum brand"
Played all types and love these drums
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13Sabian
Zildgian has great cymbals... They're hand hammered... I love that, but if it breaks it's hard to find the same sound... I like sabian the most because the make both auto anvil and hammered cymbals. For my ride I like it constant sounding... But for my crashes... I like to experiment.
This cymbals are for the beginners, non-beginners, intermediate and advanced players
Sabian is the best
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14Jinbao
Very ok cause it is half the price as compared to other drums
This brand of drums is just right for a beginner they are selling at very good prices at kmall and comes with one hi hat a crash cymbel a bace drum a snare the three toms a seat and obveislyy the sticks this is just the kit that will let your heart rum to its content

15Wuhan

16Spaun
AMAZING got a custom series set used cheap! Blown away. 8ply maple. If you have the money buy them!

17DW

18Paiste
I have got a set of 2002's and they just amazing. I just don't why this brand wasn't on this list until now.
I am using Paiste 101 Crash Cymbol + Hi_Hat... It sounds really great...!
I use paiste symbols and they the best things I've ever had

19Meinl
I like meinl cause most of their cymbals sound really good. The only thing is the price, but most good soundong cymbals are a lot of money
Just bought MCS set for my son. He like so much and I am happy because, its sound so good for my budget
Best sounding cymbals I've used

20Dixon
The Dixon drum sets are great. I love the sound quality better than any other brands that's why I recommend dixon drum set thank you.
The wood work on the kit is good, which helps in delivering good quality of sound
They are coming up with amazing kits and they sound as crisp as any other kit
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21Fernando
Fernando drums, From my experience, not the best but the drums are cheap and only needs some few tuning, But what makes it suck because of their cymbals

22Truth
Have a look at what these guys can do in regards to not only sound but the presentation of the kit itself. Any design you can think of these guys can pull it off.
Look at the artists who play with Truth Drums as opposed to those who play Yamahas or Sonors. No comparison. Truth should be number 2, directly behind Tama.
My cool dream sets punchy and low

23CB Percussion
Good quality, Great Price

24Vic Firth
I put up that but Vic firth is great
There drum sticks are good and symbols
Vic Firth, real good

25Dave's
Perfect sound nice to use and good

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26Ahead

27Aquarian

28Pulse

29Roland
My church has a electro drum set witch I love to use so Roland is what I would get for a electro drums

30Sound Percussion
Inexpensive. BUT 5 lugs per head, and thin heads. Decent shells. Made in China like all of the best toys.

31Pro-Mark
Pro Mark is awesome, I own their 5a drum sticks

32Chancellor

33SJC Custom Drums
Handcrafted custom drums, made in the USA. They literally bring your dream kit to life. Unbeatable quality, innovation and Artist support.
Good piece, good sound, good art
Alex Shelnutt plays on custom SJCs. I think that that is reason enough.

34Crush Drums
The best sounding drums I've ever heard in my life! Amazing warmth and price point can't be beat by anyone else on the market! I can see Crush easily entering the top 10 in a matter of years! Beautiful sound with an amazing price point!
Great sounding and beautiful acrylic drums, have owned my kit since they were available.
Best new drum set there cost a lot but worth the money you guys should check them you
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35C&C Custom Drums
Awesome studio sound quality for the price. $ for $ BEST
C and C drums are real nice. They have 6 ply shells and every thing is custom. :)
Orri from sigur ros uses c&c sounds epic

36Stagg
Great price and durability

37Orange County Drums and Percussion
AWESOME! Travis barker uses ocdp and he is an awesome drummer! Its not the best but should at least be on the top 10
Drums are underestimated - can be played for all styles
Drums of choice for Chad Sexton of 311.
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38Basix

39Percussion Plus
I've had mine for years. I love it

40Brady Drums
Great sounding high end drums hand made in Western Australia. Definitely worth the money.

41Slingerland
I played Slingerland in three rock groups from 1967 to 1972. They had great sound and the shells stood up well to hundreds of gigs. The chrome snare was the best.
Did not see them on the list. I know they were quality drums and were used in many jazz bands
So retro, listen @ Jay Bellerose on Raising sand (A. Rauss&R. Plant)

42Le Soprano

43RMV Drums
INCREDIBLE BATTERY WOOD BRAZILIAN SOUND AND FINISH TOP, DO NOT LET NOTHING TO WISH THE TOP.

44Gabriel

45Maxtone
This drums hadware is really great!... its really similar to tama.. as I have played in tama and maxtone and the hardware is really great!

46Kumu

47Gammon
This is a total joke. You've gotta be kidding! This stuff is crap, and it breaks after one hit. I know you might be cheap, but for this price its not even worth it. Keep saving man, if you're a beginner go with Percussion Plus.
Gammon drums produce a really nice easy sound, and the snare is really unique! The cymbals get easily dented, but the crash really sounds great.
I own a gammon there not that bad
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Gammon has good quality and its cheep,600
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48Exl Drums

49Natal Drums
Watch this Name, detailed drum kit awesome pro quality and sound.

50Leedy Drum
Oh it gives a good sound

51Taye
Makes some really great products, especially their snares. Personally, one of the best sounding snares I've heard.
They actually build many of the kits higher on the list!
I have a StudioMaple and a GoKit. Whenever I gig and Record with the StudioMaple, the sound engineers all rave about how easy it is to mic. They always tell me that they don't have to do any real EQ work. They just sound great. For smaller gigs, people are blown away by the big sound you get from such a small kit. Great drums, relative low cost. High quality.

52Axl

53PowerBeat

54DC California Drums
I've never herd of it I bet there great

55Dunnett
Sonor drums made in Germany are #1

56Wolf Drums

57Peavey
I have one of the Peavey International 2 drum sets, and it sounds amazing
Very nice sounding drum sets
They are very awesome drum sets!

58Millenium

59Granite

60Odery Drums
One of the best, much similar to Pearl, or DW.

61Peace
Peace is just amazing their affordable, but pro!. Their drums always have that snap. Don't believe me search kin rivera on youtube and youll see what I mean!

62DXP

63Carlos

64Diamond
Sounds like a great drum brand

65Tamburo

66Drum Sound

67Gatton

68Powersonic
These are extremely hard to find. Not sure the co. exists anymore, but I have an old Powersonic Ride cymbal made in Italy that simply sings.
I like it as well as my Zildjian A Custom or my Sabian AA. I would like to know more about the company and its products.

69Supra

70Hayman
They're the best. Mine is completely reliable and sturdy. I love the sound that comes from the base in particular when I hit it with my feet.

71Ellis Drums

72MW Drums
The Sound its nice and loud when you drums good in tuning
It is very good than fernando drum set
Good sound and Cymbals

73Max

74Sleishman
Great natural resonating sound that in mixed out sounds the rest. L know because I tried.

75Simmons
These are electric drums and are great, this brand also creates the rock band drums
Simmons, great electric drums

76Remo
I absolutly love the sound of this drum, no sweat it's the best numero uno drums out there

77Milestone

78Regalia
Drum set from Taiwan.. Cheaper but still good sound
Nice quality n cheaper

79Active

80Groove Percussion

81Enforcer

82Timoteo Drums

83Enigma

84X-Trek II

85World Tour

86Craviotto
The absolute best drums on the planet - steam bent shells - the tone is unmatched- log into youtube under memphis drum shop and listen to Craviotto drums - mind blowing.

87Thunder Percussion
I'm not sure if they make them anymore but they're sturdy, well built and pretty inexpensive. I got my 5 piece, 4 years ago for $250 and I'm now in the process of putting a custom paint job on it.

88Arbiter
Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge uses it

89TJS Custom
Custom made to order in AZ by hand.
At least 25 drummers from Arizona use them regularly.
DW quality...but less expensive

90Istanbul Agop
This is also good

91Q Drum Co.
Can't believe you don't list Q Drum Co. Probably the finest sounding and quailty built drums around anywhere.

92Rogers
Are you kidding me 92! I've got a buddy rich headliner kit with a wooden dyna sonic snare nothing gets close!
My first kit 1980... Wish they still made them!

93GTX
New generation drum set

94Ashton Music

95Fibes Drums
Still one of the best U.S. made drum kits around. Great sound, big and punchy. Pity they stopped making them!

96Liberty Drums
Great UK company building their own shells and very nice drums indeed! Keep an eye on these guys.

97Mark II

98Sakae

99Yellowstone

100Tempus

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